LAUBACH, KRESSLEY & WILLS, SR ARE ACES IN BRIDGEPORT POKER SERIES
Rick Laubach has always said that he likes more laps in the Bridgeport Big Block Modified feature events and he proved his point by picking up the win in the forty lap, All in at the Port – the second hand in the 2015 Poker Series. It’s a pair of Aces for Brett Kressley as he picked up his second Poker Series win in the Crate/Sportsman division. Tom Wills, Sr. made it win number three on the 2015 season as led the field of Outlaw Stocks to the checkered flag and Roger Gaskill became the fourth different winner in the Rookie Division as he picked up his first win of the season.
A game of musical chairs with some willing young fans determined the starting line-up for the Spirit Dodge Big Block Modifieds that resulted in Duane Howard and David Hunt getting the call to lead the starting line-up to the green flag. It was Sammy Piazza who raced from his third place starting spot to take the lead on the start. Piazza set a torrid pace and pulled away from the field as Howard ran second for the first two laps before Ryan Watt took over on lap three after racing from his seventh place start.
Piazza led through lap twenty-four when he headed to the pits for a tire change. Watt took over at that point and he, too, distanced himself from the competition as Howard, Ryan Anderson, Jamie Mills and Laubach made up the top five in running order.
Laubach began to pick his way through the top five during the final ten laps. He had just raced his way into second on lap thirty-four when Watt drew a caution and headed to the pits for some fresh rubber. It all went Laubach’s way as the 2014 Poker Champion raced to the checkered flag for his third Bridgeport win of the season. Howard finished second in Glenn Hynneman’s #126 with Jamie Mills running third at the checkered. Ryan Anderson had another strong Poker Series outing as his fourth place finish earned him a pair of Jacks. Wade Hendrickson raced the C&S Equipment #6 to a top five finish.
Rookie driver, Steven Kemery took the lead from his pole position start in the Stewart Stainless Crate/Sportsman feature event and led the first four laps of the twenty-five lap main event. Orefield, PA driver, Brett Kressley took over on lap five and picked up where he left off on his last visit to the Bridgeport Speedway. Jim Britt made an inside move to challenge Kressley but fell short as Kressley collected his second Poker Series win of the season for a pair of Aces. Britt finished second with Kemery in third for the best finish by a rookie so far this season. Mike Hendershot finished fourth with Brad Roberts rounding out the top five at the checkered.
Tom Wills, Sr. continued his winning ways as he picked up his second win in the PennCo Tech Outlaw Stocks. Scott Dugan led the first four laps of the twenty lap feature event before Wills, Sr. took over on lap five. Wills, Sr. led Ron Frees, Dugan, Brian Ludwig and Tom Wills, Jr. to the checkered flag to collect his first Ace of the Poker Series. Frees’ second place run earned his a second King for a pair in just the second hand.
Roger Gaskill became the fourth different winner in the D.A.’s Auto Body and Repair Rookie division as he took the lead from Bryan Olsen on the first lap. Gaskill led all the way to the checkered as Olsen finished second, followed by Kemery, JR Burritt and Tom Holding.
SPIRIT DODGE BIG BLOCK MODIFIEDS (40 LAPS)
1. Rick Laubach, 2. Duane Howard, 3. Jamie Mills, 4. Ryan Anderson, 5. Wade Hendrickson, 6. Ryan Godown, 7. Craig VonDohren, 8. Sammy Piazza, 9. Neal Williams, 10. Dominick Buffalino, 11. Tommy Beamer, 12. Ryan Watt, 13. Jesse Hill, 14. Howard O’Neal, 15. David Hunt, 16. Ian Humphreys, 17. Ron Roberts, 18. Mike Franz, 19. Brian Kressley, 20. Bob Sarkisian, 21. Scott Ambruster, 22. Richie Pratt, Jr., 23. Sam Martz, 24. Stan Frankenfield, DNS – Jordan Watson, Jeff Heotzler, DNQ – Steve Young, Dave Shirk, Ricky DiEva, Eric Kormann, Bucky Kell, Jimmy Horton
STEWART STAINLESS CRATE/SPORTSMAN (25 LAPS)
1. Brett Kressley, 2. Jim Britt, 3. Steve Kemery, 4. Mike Hendershot, 5. Brad Roberts, 6. C.J. Jones, 7. George Nardelli, 8. Pat Wall, 9. Mike Lyons, 10. Marc Hermann, 11. Matt Stangle, 12. Melissa Scarpati, 13. Scott Hulmes, 14. Scott Hitchens, 15. Pete Serra, 16. Tom Holding, 17. Steve Desmelyk, 18. Chris Jenkins, 19. Nick Nicotra, 20. J.R. Burritt, 21. Roger Gaskill, 22. John Kelly, 23. Matthew Peck, DNS – Chuck Potts, DNQ – Jeff Sargent, Kris Lilick, Justin Lilick, Bob Lilick
D.A.’S AUTO BODY & REPAIR ROOKIES (8 LAPS)
1. Roger Gaskill, 2. Bryan Olsen, 3. Steve Kemery, 4. J.R. Burritt, 5. Tom Holding, 6. Matt Stangle
PENNCO TECH OUTLAW STOCKS (20 LAPS)
1. Tom Wills, Sr., 2. Ron Frees, 3. Scott Dugan, 4. Brian Ludwig, 5. Tom Wills, Jr., 6. Rick Broschard, 7. Jimmy Avery, 8. Jeff Dirkes, 9. Joe Meron, 10. Ken Moren, 11. Jeff Mask, 12. Everett Taylor, 13. Jim Neely, 14. Bill Connolly, 15. Jeramy Doerr, 16. James Rader, 17. Ed Bischoff, 18. Billy Wroble, DNS – Gary Klimeczak, Calvin Redding
Friday, May 29, 2015 – No racing
Saturday, May 30, 2015 – MECHANIC RACES – Big Block Modifieds, Crate/Sportsman, Outlaw Stocks and Rookies plus Crate/Sportsman feature from 5/17, ALL for just $15, racing at 7:00pm
Sunday, May 31, 2015 – POKER SERIES #2 – 270cc and wingless 600cc Micro Sprints, Four Cylinder Enduros, Slingshots and Stage-1 Modifieds, racing at 5:30pm